One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila…
If you’re not a big tequila fan, then a tequila tasting might be just what you need to become one. We have found that when the liquor is accompanied by fun and interesting facts, good company and fine entertainment by Kyle Dean it can be enjoyed in an entirely new way. Stonefly Lounge’s third liquor tasting party enlightened over forty guests on the cultivation and production of Mexico’s finest product – Tequila!
We focused this Tequila tasting on 100% pure blue agave elixirs, leaving the Oro’s and Gold’s of Jose Cuervo for amateurish shots at the bar and such. Each tequila served was compared to the last one, and we worked our way up from Hornitos Silver (the least aged) to Hornitos Reposado (slightly aged, or “rested”), comparing how the flavor changes with some aging. Next we sipped our way through another two Reposados – Corra Lejo and Don Julio – and climbed the price ladder. The Grand Finale was the Don Julio Anejo (very aged), a sweet smooth and delicious sipping Tequila like none other.
Through our research we determined the Corra Lejo to be the most “Mexican” – their website offers a Spanish version, and it claims the “father of Mexico” was born at the Corra Lejo Hacienda. We also learned some really interesting facts about the blue agave plant – it grows for 8-12 years before harvest, it is NOT a cactus, and there are very special people with all kinds of fun Mexican names who care for the plants.
For those of us who did not count ourselves as tequila aficionados before the tasting, we can say (with relief) that five shots of 100% pure blue agave tequila can indeed be enjoyed and not lead to the killer hangover we remember from college!